Monday, January 14, 2019
Emerging Trends in Restaurant Design
As a vice president-agency leasing for Transwestern in Denver, Colorado, Billy Woodward works with landlords to provide customized advisory services for their real estate investments. Billy Woodward graduated from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and maintains an interest in emerging trends in real estate, regional development, and hospitality design.
Attention to interior details and trends when embarking on a new restaurant venture can positively impact its ultimate success. The design and appearance of a new restaurant make a powerful impact on a customer’s impression of their overall dining experience. Designers and owners work together to balance trends while maintaining the establishment’s specific character. Emerging restaurant design trends include:
Communal dining: Young professionals place a high value on community. Areas with open, shared spaces encourage this mindset by creating spaces that promote mingling.
Open kitchen: More than ever, customers want to know where their food comes from. Open kitchens allow them to see foods being prepared, incorporating them into the overall dining experience.
Instagram-worthy décor and lighting: Customers want to photograph themselves in interesting places. A restaurant’s décor should capitalize on that trend by creating well-lit, photogenic spaces with interesting backgrounds.
Green spaces: Everything is going green these days, including restaurant décor. Plants create a visual connection to the freshness of a restaurant’s ingredients.
Local art: Incorporating local art and handmade pieces into a restaurant’s overall design further connects customers to the community.